(CNN) – Former President and Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton was presented with a framed #42 jersey on Saturday from the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team as a part of a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the NCAA Championship team.
Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States and 42nd governor of Arkansas, attended the championship game 20 years ago in 1994 when the Arkansas Razorbacks men’s basketball team defeated Duke in the NCAA Championship game.
Clinton gave remarks at a half-time ceremony of the University of Arkansas men’s basketball game against Louisiana State University upon receiving the jersey after leading fans in Arkansas' traditional Hog call.
“I want to say to all of you that you should be so proud of what Arkansas basketball has meant to our state and to the young people that are a part of it,” Clinton said to a basketball arena full of cheering fans.
Clinton thanked Noland Richardson, a hall of fame basketball coach who led the Arkansas men's basketball team to win the 1994 NCAA title as well as also Eddie Sutton, coach of the Razorbacks team when they played in the Final Four in 1978. Clinton joked that before he met Eddie, “I didn’t know one end of a basketball from another."
“I would like to thank Coach Richardson for not only teaching us forty minutes of hell, but being willing to go through hell to get us the national championship title,” Clinton said.
Clinton reminisced on memories as a long-time Arkansas basketball fan.
“I still remember in 1978 that if you didn’t get into finals there was a playoff game for who got to finish third. I still remember Ron Brewer making a shot at the top of the key at the buzzer to win so we beat Notre dame for third place, didn’t we Eddie?”
Clinton, who matched the University’s colors with a red tie, expressed gratitude to the final four honorees at the event.
“To all of the final four teams here I'm grateful that you guys let me hang around so long that I've actually been there for four of our six final four games.”